Born on February 11, 1979, in Casablanca, Morocco, Arnaud de Pasquale is a professional tennis player who is known for winning the bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in the men’s singles beating Roger Federer before beating well-known Swedish player Magnus Norman, who was briefly ranked at world number 2.
He began playing tennis at the age of seven and reached the Orange Bowl 18s final where he lost to A. Martin. He enjoyed a good junior career earning the fifth spot in the world in 1996. A year later, he won four junior world titles including the US Open and finished as the number 1 junior player in the world. He also helped his team to the Sunshine Cup and to the European Team championship.
Coached by Remi Barbarin, Pasquale turned pro in 1998. This was also the year when he made the biggest leap from a rank in the 500s to the top 100 in the world. In 1999, he reached the fourth round in Roland Garros, his best Grand Slam showing to date. He has one ATP Tour title which he won on October 11, 1999 in Palermo, Italy, beating Spanish opponent Alberto Berasategui. In September of 2001, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in Paris. A few months before that he suffered from back injuries that left him unable to compete in the grass court circuit for a month.
Pasquale currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland. He received the Order of Merit from the French president in 2000 along with other Olympic medalists.